This and That

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  • I love spending time on the mountain with the little dudes.
  • Any suggestions for good podcasts or audio books for kids? We would love to listen to some together.
  • Caleb got a chess set for Christmas so we have been playing every day.
  • He’s back.
  • Grocery trends for 2022.
  • I am excited for the NFL playoffs. There should be some good games.


  • New this week, a recipe you are loving, the best soup, an easy baked good, and a family favorite.
  • Good basic.
  • I tested a new cookie recipe for you this week. They are super tasty, I will try to post the recipe soon. Until then, find all of my cookie recipes here. And just a heads up, I have a good recipe coming to the blog tomorrow, so make sure you come back:)
  • Fun floral dresses: one and two!
  • Sweet Magnolias is coming back on February 4th. I started rewatching season 1 because it’s been awhile. There is another season of Cheer out. Anyone watching? I am loving This is Us, trying to savor every episode.
  • I use this every single day. It’s made a huge difference.
  • Ordered these.
  • This recipe has been popular this week. I think we will make them this weekend! I also want to make this because I’ve been craving it.
  • I good neutral and I love this green. Also, loving this top!
  • Lemon love.
  • I wish I was going on a beach vacation so I could wear this.
  • These are fun!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. My boys love Circle Round and Story Pirates. We’ve really enjoyed Paddington, The Hobbit, Miracles On Maple Hill, and The Vanderbeekers series on audiobook.

  2. My kids love to listen to the podcast “smash, boom,best” it’s a debate format. Some favorites are Godzilla vs king Kong and Lego vs Minecraft!

  3. We feel in love with audio book in the car on the way out to the mountian several years ago! A series we love is Swallows and Amazon’s. It is an older series but full of adventures! My boys love them.

    1. I use it after my workouts to roll out my back, shoulders, legs. You can watch videos on YouTube if you need help! Just google how to use a foam roller:) It has been so helpful!

  4. As a teacher of mostly 7th graders a few years back, one favorite was :

    The Gary Paulson adventure stories, esp Hatchet- great survival skills in this reading.

    In a few years: a very old fave also in movie form (even students from years ago still called it their fave): Susan Hinton’s – the Outsiders (there are other books with this name so be sure you get the correct one).

    A fun coming of age for boys: movie- Stand by Me.